OBITUARY

Susette Spear Brandon

19 June, 19364 January, 2021
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Susette Spear Brandon, 84, of Stillwater, formerly of St. Paul, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Susette attended Steven’s College in Missouri and Ohio University, earning her Master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota. She was a kindergarten teacher for 32 years and was awarded Teacher of the Year.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmus and Twila, and grandson, Zac.

Susette will be deeply missed by her husband of 47 years, Rev. Paul; children, Kelly (Tammy) Smith, Kerry Lehman, Jody (Victor) Arroyo, Paul Brandon, Patrick (Terri) Brandon, and Kerry Brandon; grandchildren, James, Christina, Garrett, Carly, Nolan, Justin, Anthony, Lauryn, Kathryn, Nicole, and Anna (Jamie); and other family and friends.

Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 13 at 11am with visitation 10-11am at the Wulff Woodbury Funeral Chapel on 2195 Woodlane Avenue. The service will be Livestreamed starting at 11:00 am to our Wulff Woodbury Facebook page at the following link : https://www.facebook.com/Wulff-Woodbury-Funeral-Home-162790153745901 This video will still be available on our page after the service for those who have missed the livestream.

We will be following Minnesota COVID mandates and guidelines; please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and frequently use hand sanitizer which will be available throughout the building. Our capacity is limited to 50% at this time - please be patient as we may ask you to wait outside until our indoor capacity will allow entrance.

Please share your memories, stories, photos, and condolences below. These messages and photos will be printed into a keepsake book for Susette's family later this year.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Wounded Warriors at https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

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Pete and Patti Karlonas

19 January 2021

Paul, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God comfort you.

Pete & Patti Karlonas
Cypress, TX

Karen Strausser

16 January 2021

Was so very sad to hear of Susette going home to the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul & the family. I always looked forward to hearing from them at Christmas and getting updates of what they were up to and loved all the pictures. We value the time and memories of them when they were in Lorain with Susette being our children's teacher and Paul being our vet. They had even stopped several times when they were in town. I will miss making more memories but know one day we will be together again. RIH my sweet friend.

John Laury

15 January 2021

Back in, I believe it was 1969, I was in kindergarden at Masson Elementary. In those days she was Miss Gabriel... my very first teacher, and a wonderful memory to this day. My deepest condolences to the Brandon family and friends. "Miss Gabriel" was an early and positive experience that has helped mold who I am today, 51 years later.

Jerilyn Bach

11 January 2021

I had the privilege of working with Susette years ago when she worked in the North Central University education department and then again when she served as a cooperating teacher once she returned to the kindergarten classroom. The student teachers we sent her way were fortunate, indeed, to get a first rate experience to be mentored by one of the best. Susette was great to work with, so talented in many ways, and always had me laughing! So grateful for the time we spent together.

Robyn Woolley

11 January 2021

Susette and Paul were my neighbors for 25 years. Susette was an exceptionally caring and thoughtful person, often giving out encouragement, roses from her garden, her homemade cookies, blessings, hugs, and treats to the mailman and garbage haulers. The Brandons’ annual Christmas party was always a beautiful gift for our entire neighborhood. Susette was a lovely person, who will be deeply missed. Blessings on Susette and her family.


Rachel Swentko

11 January 2021

Susette was a good friend with my mother, Trudy Swentko. They shared many good and sometimes challenging times together in teaching. Mom always appreciated Susette's end of year "party" that she would have for her friends and retired teachers. Her chicken salad recipe was a delight and the gathering (and eating) always lifted Mom's spirit especially when she was going through chemotherapy. I am sure they are both sharing some wonderful memories in heaven.

Sophie Fen

9 January 2021

Mrs. Brandon was my kindergarten teacher at Anne Sullivan many years ago. She was an amazing teacher, but more importantly, an amazing person. I remember coming back to visit her classroom years after kindergarten, even while I was in middle school and beyond. When she received the Teacher of the Year award, I remember being so happy and proud of her, but not surprised because it was so fitting. She was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. Rest in peace Mrs. Brandon. You will be missed dearly.
-Sophie Fen

Jillian Stockmo Chapman

9 January 2021

Mrs. Brandon was truly an amazing educator and wonderful person - as my Kindergarten teacher at Anne Sullivan and she made sure that I started off my education with a love of learning, exploring, and a deep understanding that every kid in my class was important and special.

As I grew up and continued to be in school at Anne Sullivan – I would return to her Kindergarten classroom, to say hello, to help out, and mostly to let her know how much I missed her.

My family and I are so blessed to have had Mrs. Brandon be a part of our lives – one of our favorite memories was receiving a letter from Mrs. Brandon with a picture of a full-grown rosebush; you see when I left Kindergarten, we had given her a small clipping from a rosebush we had in our backyard as a gift. To no one's surprise, she had nurtured and grown it into a beautiful bush – similarly to what she had done to many little minds as a teacher.

I am so sorry for your loss and so grateful to have known Mrs. Brandon,

Jillian, Dennis and Lisa Stockmo

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